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Law Student Garners Inaugural Scholarship Honoring Animal Law Leader

A third-year evening student from Duquesne University School of Law has garnered an inaugural scholarship from the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation honoring a late animal law leader's life's work.

Nichole Ehrheart has been selected as the first recipient of the Patti Rose Scheimer Bednarik Memorial Scholarship-a fund established in 2014 to honor the late Harrisburg attorney who founded and served as the first chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

"The fund supports the annual award of a scholarship to a law school student who pursues an interest in animal welfare as part of his/her daily activities and legal training or grant to a young lawyer who pursues an interest in animal welfare as part of his/her daily activities or law practice," said E. Marie Queen, executive director of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation.  "Ms. Ehrheart's outstanding legal scholarship in the area of pet food labeling practices and extensive volunteer service to two animal welfare organizations in western Pennsylvania earned her the unanimous support of the Foundation's Scholarship Committee."

Ehrheart, who received $5,400 through the award, has fostered animals, and volunteered for Thea's Promise Pitbull Rescue and the National Brittany Rescue and Adoption Network. In addition, she has transported animals for The Liberty Train and Rescue.

A resident of Oakland, Ehrheart is a native of New Castle, Pa.

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